Dinsmore & Shohl’s targeted expansion strategy continues on the heels of the merger with Peck, Shaffer & Williams. Five attorneys have joined the firm’s Chicago office. Three Partners and an Associate have left Thompson Coburn LLP for Dinsmore, along with an Associate from a smaller firm.
Former Dinsmore attorney Robert “Bobby” Lucas was the first to make the decision to leave Thompson Coburn. After talking with the firm about the future, Lucas said it was a move that made sense.
“I’ve admired Dinsmore’s commitment to growth and the way they serve their clients. When they walked me through the benefits of leading the Chicago office, it was an easy move,” said Lucas. “This is also a homecoming for me. I began my career as an associate with Dinsmore and learned a lot during my time there. Not many people are afforded the opportunity to return to their career starting point as a leader.”
Lucas has been named Managing Partner of the Chicago office. He is joined by fellow Thompson Coburn partners Timothy L. Binetti and Michael C. Jurasek, as well as associate Brittany E. Kirk. Nicole H. Daniel joins Dinsmore from Larson & Associates.
“We have assembled an outstanding group of attorneys in our Chicago office, and I’m pleased to welcome them to firm,” said George H. Vincent, Dinsmore’s Managing Partner and Chairman.
With all the movement in the local legal market, Lucas says he expects the firm to continue to add to its foothold in Chicago.
“We will certainly keep a focus on growth and will continue to build relationships with our peers. I’m confident that smart opportunities will present themselves. It’s finding attorneys who have an entrepreneurial spirit and who are looking to build something. That’s the Dinsmore way, and I plan to continue that here,” said Lucas.
Along with leading the Chicago office, Lucas will practice in the firm’s Corporate Department where he will focus on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, securities offerings and secured lending transactions, along with general corporate matters. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and received his Bachelor of Science from Xavier University where he graduated with honors.
Timothy L. Binetti joins the firm’s Litigation Department. Binetti serves as business and legal counselor to large financial services corporations, service companies and privately held businesses. He has extensive experience defending businesses in a variety of areas, and works closely with clients to structure and execute strategies that meet their needs. He earned his J.D. and his LL.M. in Intellectual Property from John Marshall Law School, where he graduated with honors. Binetti received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University.
Michael C. Jurasek will practice out of the firm’s Corporate Department offering his clients guidance in mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, wealth planning and general corporate law. He earned his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, his LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law and received his B.A. from Michigan State University. Jurasek is also a certified public accountant.
Brittany E. Kirk joins the firm’s Litigation Department. Kirk’s practice focuses on financial services litigation and defense of lender liability claims in particular. She also has extensive experience with close corporation disputes, shareholder oppression claims and personal injury suits. At her previous firms, Kirk has represented railroads in Federal Employers Liability Act cases as well as creditors and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings. She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nicole H. Daniel also practices out of the firm’s Litigation Department. She comes to Dinsmore from Larson & Associates where she focused on title insurance defense and real estate foreclosures. Daniel earned her J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
The new attorneys join George D. Buzard in the Chicago office. The firm gained offices in Chicago and Denver through the Peck Shaffer merger.